Illinois College archivist, curator recognized as promising leader


The Association of Midwest Museums has announced that Samantha Sauer, archivist, curator, and assistant professor of history, is the recipient of the organization’s 2021 Promising Leadership Award.

The organization praised Sauer’s “incredible energy” in “transforming the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives and the Paul A. Findley Congressional Office Museum into essential campus and community resources.” 

“In crafting and fulfilling her vision, Sauer demonstrates an unparalleled level of professionalism and intentionality, creating student-centered projects to explore campus history, highlight diverse collections and voices, and build institutional capacity. Her sustained pattern of excellence in leadership for nearly six years and leadership prowess in curricular development, co-curricular activities, and campus and community engagement exemplify the spirit of the Promising Leadership Award,” the organization announced

Sauer earned a terminal degree in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University and joined Illinois College in 2016. 


Sauer will be recognized in a virtual event Nov. 2 at 4p.m. Central Time. In addition to accepting the award, Sauer will give a presentation exploring how her team has developed mission-driven learning laboratories to serve the campus community and beyond.

Since its founding in 1927, the Association of Midwest Museums has sought to connect museums across the eight-state region of the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

To learn more about the resources available at the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College, visit You can also learn more about Illinois College's historic campus collections by contacting Samantha Sauer.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932, the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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